Volunteer Spotlight: November
Morgan joined our Family Promise team a few months ago as our Saturday Coordinator and WOW has time flown by!
Morgan has been a phenomenal addition to the Family Promise team of volunteers. She is proactive, selfless and dedicated to making sure that our families succeed in our program!
Recently, Morgan took the initiative to teach our families about the importance of healthy eating and healthy lifestyles. Last week, one of our guests decided to try some of Morgan’s healthy eating tips and I caught him in the kitchen saying, “let’s take a picture of this meal! Morgan is going to be so proud of us!”
Morgan continues to impact our families. We are proud to announce Morgan as our Volunteer of the Month Spotlight for November! Thank you Morgan for all you do to support our homeless families with children. Now…on with the show! Let’s learn a little more about this stellar volunteer!
Name, Occupation: Morgan Darlington, Student at Montana State University
How long have you been volunteering for Family Promise and how did you get involved?
I have been volunteering for Family Promise since September of this year. I was searching for an internship in the fall, and received an email from a professor about Family Promise. I had never heard of the organization, but thought it would be a good opportunity to tangibly be more involved in the community of Bozeman.
Why do you volunteer?
My freshman year of college I took a leadership class where we were asked to write our personal mission statement. Encompassed in mine was a desire to someday be able to say that I gave more than I took in life. I think that stemmed from recognizing how blessed I was to grow up in a small community, where helping your neighbor was the cultural norm. The people of Big Sandy modeled the importance of giving from what you have. That, along with my faith, has made an impact on how I live my life.
What is your favorite part of volunteering for Family Promise?
I love being able to see how families function differently. I think I learn from them every time I am there.
Do you have any favorite memories from your time serving Family Promise?
One Saturday a family had cooked lunch, and they insisted that I sit down and (literally) break bread with them. I just sat looking around the table, humbled by their generosity.
Do you belong to a congregation or are you an unaffiliated volunteer?
I currently attend Springhill Presbyterian Church.
Do you have any kids and/or pets?
I have six brothers. Does that count?
From looking at you, no one would guess that…..
When I was ten I had a bulletin board hanging in my room with short and long-term goals. The first long-term goal was to be barrel racing at the National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas by the time I was 18. As I grew up, my desires changed a little, and goals accordingly.
Favorite place to eat:
The VanDyk household. Great food and always a guaranteed belly laugh.
What’s on your book shelf?
My Bible, The Hiding Place, Thinking for a Change, Organizational Leadership, The Help, Pride and Prejudice…I think I’ve bored people already so I’ll stop there.
Who’s your hero?
My grandpa. He doesn’t leap between buildings on spider webs, but he does drive a Big Bud. He is steadfast and diligent. Besides these qualities, I’m also thankful for his example of love and the perspective his provides. He always tells me to just “keep putting one foot in front of the other”-which really is great advice when you think about it.
THANK YOU, Morgan for being our Family Promise volunteer! We appreciate you!